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Monday, October 19, 2009

A new way to sell on Amazon: Trade-Ins

I love selling my used items on Amazon, and I've written before about how to do it. I think of it as having an online garage sale. But because of the cost of shipping, and especially the obligation to get an order in the mail within two business days, I'm relatively picky about what I list. Working full time means it isn't always easy to get to the post office, and most books must be presented to a clerk because they're over 13 ounces and being shipped Media Mail. (Read more about the 13-ounce rule.)

I had a DVD that wasn't worth selling back, but I was intrigued by the "trade-in" option over on the right of the item's Amazon page. You can read more about Trade-Ins here.

It's really quite easy: You tell Amazon that you want to trade in your copy by clicking on the trade-in option. Amazon will give you two pages to print – the first is your free shipping label, and the second is a packing slip that you'll need to include with the item. It's actually much like doing a return, if you've ever done one with Amazon.

Less than a week after I sent the DVD, I received a $1.25 credit to my gift certificate balance. It's not much, but I'm definitely going to keep this option in mind in the future for things I want to get rid of quickly or that aren't worth selling myself. I already have a few things in mind that have been listed on Amazon for a while without selling.

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  • At 10/19/09, 3:06 PM, Blogger Carrie said…

    fyi, that 13 ounce rule only applies if you're using stamps. if you print postage online from paypal or you can have it picked up with your regular mail

  • At 10/19/09, 9:19 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @Carrie - Good point! Unfortunately, you can't print Media Mail postage from I'll have to check out PayPal though.

  • At 10/22/09, 9:35 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    This option has been arround awhile- online with 3rd party vendors that buy your used dvds, cds, games for credit. I havnt used the Amazon trade-in program but i have looked at their buy prices. I think you can do better here: The bonus is they also pay cash. These services sure make it easier to sell alot of items in bulk especially those items that sell slower or as you say "arent worth selling myself."


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